Friday, February 26, 2016

BOOKISH PET PEEVES — What are yours? #BookishConfession

I don't have many pet peeves where books are concerned, HOWEVER, I do have one that will turn me off from a book.


I cannot stand them. Nope. Can't. Trust me when I say that I've tried to put up with some, but I just CAN'T deal with them. And when they start a fight over a stupid misunderstanding?? NO. Or when they go back and forth on things - constantly. *bangs head on desk.* You either want something or you don't. "Oh, I can't do this." But sure enough, 2 seconds later she's doing that thing she couldn't do. I mean, come on... Make up your mind or at least wait a few more chapters!! LOL!

Female lead characters like this make stars in my final rating drop like a prostitute's panties. FAST. No matter how hard I try, they FRUSTRATE me beyond belief and turn me off books. 

Now, it's not all bad. An author with a female character like explained above still has time to redeem his/herself in my eyes. (Mind you, this is a personal bookish pet peeve!)

A book has to be really good in other areas (general story line, other characters like the hero, angst! - to name a few) for me to keep reading and/or not keep taking off stars (if at all) from my final rating. 

For example... Have you read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire? I'm sure you have, if not -OH MY, where have you been? Well anyway, I completely despise Abby!! Like, she's one of my most hated female characters. But see, the book tells one of my all-time favorite stories and Travis Maddox is my #1 book boyfriend! Although I must admit, Abby is the main reason I FLOVED Walking Disaster WAY MORE, since it's basically the same book but told in Travis' POV. Ha. SCORE for ME.

So like I said, it's not ALL bad, but the book needs to have other AMAZING qualities in order for me to want to keep reading it.

What are some of YOUR pet peeves in books? XO

Thursday, February 25, 2016

NEVER LET YOU GO by @MsMonicaMurphy | @penguinrandom

Now available for purchase!

NEVER LET YOU GO by Monica Murphy
The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.

The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.

I don’t want to let him go.

While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.

Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?

* * *

This is not your conventional romance. NEVER LET YOU GO (Bantam Trade Paperback Original; On Sale 5/3/16) is about a woman who unwittingly falls in love with the son of her abductor. The second and final novel in a darkly sexy contemporary series from New York Times and USA bestselling author Monica Murphy, NEVER LET YOU GO is a tale about forbidden love.

Katie Watts was almost thirteen when she was kidnapped at an amusement park. Held captive for days, she's finally rescued by her captor's teenage son, who was subjected to his father's mental and physical abuse for years. In the aftermath, Katie was sent into seclusion with her family, and the captor's son was shipped off to one foster home after another, completely disappearing from her life.

NEVER LET YOU GO is an emotionally powerful novel about moving on from horrific events in the past and learning to love. Monica Murphy deftly delves into the world of romantic suspense and masterfully tackles a difficult subject matter.


Praise for Book One, Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy

“Murphy imbues these characters with genuineness and plausibility. . . . [Readers] will look forward to the promised sequel.”—Publishers Weekly

“Murphy jumps into the world of suspense with a powerful story of friendship, trauma,
 coping and betrayal. The characters jump off the page into real life and will have
readers gasping and feeling every emption that they go through. Another amazing
book to add to Murphy’s already stellar library!”
Romantic Times,

NEVER TEAR US APART by Monica Murphy 
Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I'm a fifteen-year-old again--the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She's grown-up now--beautiful, quiet, composed--and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.

I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she's safe.

Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.

So, yeah, I'm stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she'll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.

My father.


MONICA MURPHY is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series (One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises and Four Years Later), as well as the Fowler Sisters trilogy (Owning Violet, Stealing Rose and Taming Lily) and the eBook novella Drew + Fable Forever. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills of Yosemite with her husband and three children.

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ECHOES OF THE PAST by @_Iris_B - BLITZ TOUR #ContemporaryRomance

Fermosa Bay #1
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Emily Bradshaw waited over twenty years to see Connor again…

When her childhood friend, Connor Walsh, returns home to see his ailing father, Emily is elated to be reunited with the handsome man who moved to London so many years ago. But excitement fades to disappointment when he doesn’t remember her—or their first kiss. With her crush on Connor still in full swing, she’s determined to enjoy the short time he’s in Fermosa Bay, even though she knows her heart will break when he returns to his life in London.

When Connor receives news that his biological father is terminally ill, he returns to Fermosa Bay, Australia. 

With memories of his childhood tucked fondly in the back of his mind, returning to the small, coastal town leaves him to wonder how life would have been if his mother had never taken him away. Would he have been married and had children? Perhaps with Emily Bradshaw…

Secrets from long ago begin to unfold…

As Connor and his father grow closer, Connor learns his parents have a broken love story of their own. Will the echoes of the past lure him into staying, maybe for good? Or will he relive his parents’ tragic story and flee to London? 

Walking away from a real chance at true love…


Connor leaned against the window frame with his arms crossed as he watched the waves crashing against the rocks. In front of him, as wide as the horizon, was the ocean. With the clouds drifting in from the sea, the sky had turned grey and dark, and he knew there’d be even more rain coming later in the day. 

He would’ve enjoyed the scene if it hadn’t reminded him of his changing life. He’d been back in Fermosa Bay for two days already, but the memories of the first seven years of his life he’d spent in this small Australian coastal town were tucked away in the back of his mind. Seemingly inaccessible. Nowadays, his life was in London and had been for the last twenty-three years. He took a couple of deep breaths as he looked towards the harbour in the distance, and the small town in the alcove with the hilly forest in the background where he’d spend the first seven years of his life. It was truly one very picturesque little place. 

A noise from the other end of the house hauled him back from his thoughts, and he stepped away from the window. Over the last few weeks, since he’d decided to accept Jack’s invitation to Australia, he’d had visions of what he’d find here. His mother hadn’t told him much about the time she’d lived here, except about Jack owning a pub. Connor had been furious for her lack of memory, but in the end admitted to himself it’d probably not been a time she’d like to remember. 

So he was surprised to find out that Jack lived in this massive house just outside Fermosa Bay, on the top of the cliffs, with a view over the ocean. The house had five rooms and a small study at the back. The lounge room, with a high pitched ceiling, had wood fire heating and a big window front. Connor had loved the house the instant he’d stepped into it. 

When he entered the hall, he saw his father and said, “Good morning, Jack.” 

The old man sighed sadly. “You still can’t bring it over your heart to call me Dad?” 

Connor’s gaze wandered from his father to all the many framed photos along the wall. Jack was in many of the photos, but most them had people in them he didn’t know, except the biggest one, which showed Connor as a child in Jack’s arms. A wave of sadness shook him. No, it wasn’t in him to call him Dad. Or to even think of him as his dad. 

After a moment’s silence, he turned to his father and shook his head. “Sorry.” 

Jack coughed, and Connor quickly rushed to his side, holding him upright. 

“Another bad day?” Connor asked. 

“Son, there will be no more good days. One day is like the other, until it will be the last.” 

The words struck Connor deep enough to feel some emotions for his father. He knew time was running out, but hearing it made it sound final. 

“There’s a front coming, but I think you’d be able to sit outside for a little while. At least until the nurse comes.” 

Jack simply nodded. 

Connor helped his father out onto the deck where the old man sat down on his swing seat. 

“Thanks, Son.” 

Without a reply, Connor stepped away and watched the sea again. 

“I couldn’t keep you away from the water when you were a child,” Jack said. 

“What do you mean?” Connor asked. 

Jack didn’t answer, so he turned around to look at his father. The old man stared into the distance, a withdrawn expression on his face. 

“You were constantly in the water. Whatever opportunity you had, you grabbed your little board and spent most of the day there.” 

“So what happened?” 

His father shrugged. “You left with your mother.” 

Sitting down on the chair next to Jack, Connor let out a long breath. “Something must’ve happened. I never go near water, let alone go in it.” 

Still gazing into the distance, Jack said, “I still have the blue board. Ethan’s little son sometimes uses it nowadays.” 

Not sure where the conversation was heading, Connor just went along. “Who’s Ethan?” he asked. 

The reaction from his father wasn’t what he expected. With his shoulders sagged, Jack closed his eyes. He looked so old and frail. From what Connor saw in all the photos around the house, cancer had taken a lot of life out of his father, leaving behind a haggard body with no energy left. Initially, he’d been taken aback by their similarities in looks, with their dark brown eyes and dark blond hair, including the stubborn curl above the ears, but after all, Jack was his father. 

“Ethan was your best friend when you lived here.” 

Pain shot through Connor as he was again confronted with a piece of information about his past that he knew nothing about. What had happened all those years ago, that his memory blocked these recollections of his childhood? 

“How is your mother?” Jack asked suddenly. 

Was it a sign of his illness that the old man wasn’t able to hold on to one topic anymore, or was he out to annoy Connor? 

“She’s doing well.” 



Jack nodded. “She was beautiful when she lived here. So beautiful.” 

Leaning forward to rest his arms on his knees, Connor asked, “Why did you ask her to leave?” 

Finally, their eyes locked, and his father’s confusion took Connor aback. 

“Son, what are you talking about?”

What reviewers are saying about ECHOES OF THE PAST:

I received this book as an ARC - and absolutely loved it!!!!
It is sweet and gentle yet filled with very strong emotions book, which will make you ponder upon the fate and decisions of the characters long after you finish reading :)

It will appeal not only to the true romance-loving readers, but also to those who, like me, reach for that genre occasionally, when in need of a read that would touch their hearts :D And this is it!!!
I honestly do not remember last time I've read something so gentle, so dear - yet tugging on all the inner feelings strings with quite a strength!
- Amazon Reviewer

Who said you can’t find your soul mate at seven years old?

For Emily, who lived her whole life in the sleepy Fermosa Bay Australia she always knew that Connor was the one. At seven years old, the whole town had them married off living a quiet happy life. But when an innocent accident happens, Connor’s mother takes the opportunity to whisk her son away to a life that offers more.

Growing up in London in the shadow of his step father, Connor becomes a successful and sought after lawyer with the world at his feet. When his biological father tracks him down, a father he has no memory of and asks him to return home to Australia, Connor can’t say no. Especially to his dying father.

This is a beautiful tale of rediscovering what you already had and what really matters. Reconnecting with old friends and old loves opens Connor’s heart to a world he never anticipated. Iris had me in tears with this sweet story of coming home. Congratulations. A must read for anyone with a romantic heart!
- Rebecca Barber, author

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.

Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

STUCK-UP SUIT by @ViKeeland @PenelopeAuthor

by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors: Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Cocky Bastard Series #2: A standalone novel
A Contemporary Romance novel
Release date 4/11/2016 
It started out like any other morning on the train.

Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.

He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.

Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?

Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.

When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.

I might have picked it up.

I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.

I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days—until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.

When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.

So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.

I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though. 

I didn’t expect him to text back.

I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.

I didn’t expect to fall for him—all before we even met.

The two of us couldn’t have been any more different. 

Yet, you know what they say about opposites.

When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract—we consumed each other.

Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a designs
Model: Dusan Susnjar
Photographer: Tijana Vukovic

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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 







I NEED YOU FOREVER by Cynthia P. O'Neill
Need Series #5
Genre: Erotic Romance
Jackson Lombardi refused to grieve for the loss of his wife, Gabi, living the past two years for his daughter and work. Everyone pushed for him to move on, but his heart was fighting a battle between holding on to the past and letting go. 

Robin Patrick was a dynamo for the Marketing Department. She came in when all hell broke loose over Gabi’s death, doing everything to ease Jackson’s stress levels and keep her mind off her own problems too. Everyone thought she had it all together, not realizing she was living a lie - covering who she was for the past three years. She’s hiding from a monster who wanted to own her and her father’s company that wants to stop the investigation into his death. 

She’d pulled everything off until the one person who’d been her rock had been lost to her forever. A chance encounter with her boss, in the most unlikely of places, was the beginning of her salvation and the road to a temptation she wasn’t sure she’d survive. 

Jackson was a force to be reckoned with, an alpha extreme, perfect for her submissive nature. At least she could forget about her past, for a while, and enjoy the pleasures of today – knowing that an eternity would never be possible with someone who couldn’t love her as long as he held onto the memories of his wife or could it? 

What he Needs is the promise of forever, but can he finally let go of the past and open his heart to the idea of new love?

Cover Artist –– Randy Potvin of RP Designs
Photographer –– Eric Battershell Photography
Cover Model –– Burton Hughes


Cynthia P. O’Neill grew up in small town in South Florida and moved to Central Florida to attend college. There, she married her friend, love, and soul mate and still resides with their amazing son, and a feisty, four-legged little boy. 

In her books, Cynthia draws on her background in healthcare and business, along with her husband’s engineering knowledge. 

She currently writes on all levels of Romance. The Remembrance Series encompasses New Adult with a touch of Paranormal activity and a hint of Historical romance. A Learning Series is for those who like a little more steam with their books, falling into the categories of Contemporary - Erotica, with a hint of suspense. 

Her latest series, Need, will have several books, each focusing on one couple per book. The main couple will then become supporting characters, while some of the background characters step forward to find their own happily ever after. It will be will be a Contemporary – Erotic romance with a high level of suspense added. 

She tries to make her writing very personal and close to her heart. Regular life is the inspiration for her books, but her imagination takes them to new heights, opening up possibilities that would normally not exist. 

To learn more about the author, please visit Cynthia’s website at:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

EXIT WOUND by @amooreauthor - #GIVEAWAY!!!!

EXIT WOUND by Alexandra Moore
Genre: New Adult Thriller
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Being crowned as royalty in Rosewood Academy’s secret society wasn’t in Bea Morrison’s plans…

A senior in high school, Bea’s life changed forever when a tragic car crash claimed her best friend’s life, leaving her devastated and alone. Now at Rosewood Academy of Arts, Bea owes a debt. With her best friend no longer queen, it’s up to Bea to be fulfill the role until graduation.

There is nothing money can’t buy, including Crosley’s king status…

When Bea accepts her place as queen, the arrogant Crosley is quick to remind her of her royal duties. Obsessed with the era of the Tudors, Crosley insists they must consummate their relationship—but spousal duties aren’t what Bea signed up for. When she rejects Crosley’s proposal, his expectations twist into absolute obsession.

A sadistic mind makes for an expert stalker…

After graduation, Bea thinks the nightmare of Rosewood Academy is over. She’s pleasantly surprised to reconnect with the gorgeous Everett Thompson, a drummer for her brother’s band. As feelings from their past fling resurface, Bea hopes for a fresh start with the guy who got away. 

Bea’s hopes are shattered when she receives threatening texts from Crosley, who is still determined to collect his debt. And as Crosley continues to pursue her, a terrible tragedy proves he is even more dangerous than she feared.

If Bea has learned one thing, it’s that life is too fragile, and it’s anybody’s guess who will make it out of this nightmare alive.



While I was working backstage later that evening, I heard a few new guests entering the premises. One was K.L., and the other was Ella Green. Ella Green was well known for her publicity stunts and her YouTube videos. Although I had never seen one, I was pretty sure she was here to interview the band. As for K.L., he was here for the same reason he was at the diner where we had lunch: to reel me into his world. I refused, knowing that wouldn’t stop him from trying again.

“Frances, can you take Ms. Green and Mr. James to the green room?” one roadie asked me. I threw the towel I was haphazardly folding to the side, and I went to guide Ella and K.L. to the green room.

When we got there Ben was celebrating something, and he wanted me to hear it. He showed me the invitation that had been waiting for them when they got here. It was for the American Music Awards in November, and when I saw that he and the band were nominated for an award, I was just as giddy with excitement as the whole lot of them. Ben and I hugged and jumped up and down, squealing in excitement.

After we came back to our senses I said, “Oh, guys Ella Green and K.L are here.” The sound of Ella’s name struck a fire in Ben. Not a good fire either.

“Is something wrong?” I asked.

Ella was suddenly screaming at Ben. I was so confused, and so when Ella kept yelling, I yelled over her.

“Shut up! What the hell is going on?” I asked.

Ben waved his hand, signaling that I should leave this alone and I ignored him.

“Don’t you know?” Ella said. “I wanted to date the wonderful Ben Morrison, but he refused. He refused! Like, who refuses to date me? I’m Ella Green for Christ’s sake, I’m the mother—”

“It’s time to shut up, Ella. I can see your ego loud and clear.” She gasped at my comment, more enraged that I even spoke to her during her outburst than the fact that my brother had refused her invitation.

“Who are you? Like, what are you even doing here? You were folding towels when I came in, you’re a little good for nothing—”

It was a reflex, and I mean it when I say this—but I punched her in the nose. Usually I’m pretty good at controlling my anger, and other times I don’t realize how angry I am and my reflexes take over. She was wailing like a child, and holding her head back as she stumbled around as if my punch to her nose had debilitated her ability to maintain her balance.

“Dammit, Frances! Do you know who she is?” Ben was yelling at me now, and I didn’t know how to react. He was rushing to get towels and ice for Ella.

After a medic checked her nose and said it was fine, she was escorted off the premises, all the while shouting about how I was going to pay for this. I was like a child stuck in the time out corner when Ben came back. My arms were wrapped around myself for safety, and I hung my head in shame.
“What are you doing, Bea? Do you want to get us into trouble? She’s a YouTube star. She could easily post a rant about this and make it go viral overnight!"

It was time to prepare for the show, and I tried to leave, except Ben wouldn’t stop yelling.

“Frances, if you keep screwing things up the way you are, I'm going to regret ever bringing you on this tour! How can I show the world how wonderful my sister is if she keeps acting like a whiny, spoiled brat with an uncontrollable right hook?"

I could tell Everett was about to call him out on his behavior, but I shot him a look that told him not to.

“I’m sorry, Ben, it won’t happen again. I’ll go back to folding towels.” I had never been so isolated and demeaned in my life. So much for sibling love.

My name is Alexandra Moore. I’ve been creating stories since I could talk. I’ve been putting them onto paper since I could write. Writing books is my dream and my passion, along side with rescuing African Pygmy Hedgehogs, retired race Greyhounds, French Bulldogs, and other various animals I’m probably allergic too.

I’m convinced I’m the blood of the dragon, and the Mother of Dragons.

When I’m not watching GoT, I’m watching Grey’s Anatomy (again) on Netflix, and crying over all the MerDer feels. I also spend time with my Boston Terrier Tank and my boyfriend. Both are my cuddle buddies, and I’m afraid the dog is around more often. I don’t bite (unless provoked) so feel free to tweet at me, or leave a comment on one of my InstaPics. I can’t wait until my book is in print, and to share my thoughts with the rest of the world.

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ENTANGLED DARKNESS by @BrandyLRivers - #NewRelease #ParanormalRomance

Others of Edenton #8 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Even the best intentions can be entangled in darkness.

Tremaine is no stranger to tough decisions. One case took him so deep he nearly lost his way. Saving Liz gave him purpose, pulling him back into the light.

After tragedy, Tremaine helped Liz rebuild her life. Their pieces fell into place with Robert. The three of them have forged an unbreakable bond through heartbreak and reunion.

Robert’s new case threatens to drag Tremaine back to his darkest hours. Every revealed secret pulls them deeper, entwining the three further.

Together they’ll uncover plots set in motion long before Tremaine’s was assigned the case that nearly broke him. The truth will either bind or destroy them all.

Googleplay -

- New Beginnings, #0.5:
- In Too Deep, #1:
- Shadows Fall, A Novellete #1.5:
- Shadows of the Past, #2:
- Fated Love, Novella #2.5:
- Falling Into Place, #3:
- Breaking Free, #4:
- Mending Scars, #5:
- Labor of Love, #5.5:
- Light in Darkness, #6:
- Blissful Agony, #7:

- Entangled Darkness, #8:

════ DEEP TROUBLE, Others of Edenton #9 ════
All Romance -
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#1 Nights Embrace -
#2 Storm Mistress -
#3 Accepting Fate -
Novella - Red Queen -
#3.5 Seductive Solutions -
#4 Changing Destiny -
#5 Coming Together -

- Others of Edenton BOXSET #1 
Includes: New Beginnings, In Too Deep, Shadows Fall, and Shadows of the Past:

- Others of Edenton BOXSET #2 
Includes: Fate Love, Falling Into Place, Breaking Free, Mending Scars, and Labor of Love:

Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her two main series are Others of Edenton and Others of Seattle. She has also written a couple contemporary stories. An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. Her secret lair, guarded by a pint-sized pound puppy who imagines himself a hellhound, contains a file full of manuscripts she plans to edit and put out with new creations she is constantly dreaming up. Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016


Others of Edenton, #3
AUDIO BOOK narrated by Kelley Hazen
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Robert would have done anything for Liz, even let her go when she claimed she needed to be alone. With his life in shambles, he dove into his work as a Silver Council enforcer. 

Liz never fit in, but to protect her first love, she walked away when a wild burst of magic nearly killed him. Tremaine found her, and helped her put her life back together. 

The man who tore her world apart awakes from a 21 year slumber with revenge on his mind. Nothing will stop James from tearing the power from Liz’s body. 

After learning James is alive, Robert rushes to Liz and bands together with Tremaine to keep her safe. Facing her worst fears Liz realizes she can only fall apart or fall into place.


You really can't go wrong with a phenomenal author and an amazing narrator that truly brings the story to life. Fantastic!!! Kelley Hazen truly brings these fabulous characters to life!!

I am in love with this series and I will jump at every single opportunity I get to review not only the books, but the audio books as well. 

These characters are ones I will always cherish. Their journeys are memorable adventures that as a reader, I can't help but crave more of. 

Tremaine, Liz, and Robert's story was fantastic and HOT. Oh my goodness!! Listening to those steamy scenes was something else, let me tell ya! Now, if you're in public while listening, be prepared for the most awkward feeling ever! I kept looking around, all paranoid, thinking people KNEW what I was listening to! Lol!

Liz has truly been through SO much, alongside Robert and Tremaine. A LOT of heartache. James was pure EVIL. Sheesh. I truly loathed his character. He hurt and in many ways, broke, a lot of people. A lot. He was just.... EVIL. 

Liz's relationship with Robert and Tremaine worked for them. They all completed each other and were what they unknowingly needed. It was different, but it was them. They were happy and that's all that mattered.

I cannot wait to see more about them in Entangled Darkness!!! I hear we're in for even hotter scenes!!

On a side note: I loved learning more about Christian! If you're reading the series out of order (like I have), then maybe you haven't met him yet, so just in case, he's the character from the previous installment (Others of Edenton 2.5): Fated Love (his and Delilah's story). (See review below!)


While I'm on here reviewing, I figured I'd also share my 5-Star review of Fated Love which has been on Goodreads and Amazon for a while now. :) 
Book format: e-book

FATE LOVE by Brandy L Rivers
Others of Edenton #2.5, novella
Genre: Paranormal Romance
- SYNOPSIS -Does knowing what’s coming ever really help? 
Christian asks this question every single day. He knows he’s meant for one woman, but that doesn’t make telling Delilah easier. 
Delilah knows what she wants, but doesn’t understand why Christian never asks her out. 
One bad date after another, and she finally decides to take matters into her own hands. Until she sees an old friend whispering in his ear, and her hope comes crashing down. 
Will fate push them together when his nightmare comes true?

Christian and Delilah's story was short, but amazing nonetheless. And how could it not have been? I mean, it's written by Brandy L. Rivers after all. ;) 

Christian had been in love with Delilah since he'd met her, he just hadn't found the courage to actually make a move...until he HAD to. Being there during Delilah's most vulnerable and confusing time, brought Christian and her even more together than either of them could've ever hoped for. Becoming a werewolf was supposed to be a dangerous transition, but for her, thanks to Christian, it was an event that couldn't have gone smoother, much to everyone's surprise. 

This installment takes us on the journey of how Delilah and Christian become a couple, but if there's one thing that I absolutely LOVE about The Others of Edenton Series is how ALL the characters connect. Yes, they all connect one way or another. Keep on reading the series and you will see for yourself. I've read most of the books out of order, so now I'm trying to catch up with past books I've missed, and trying to do so while following the series order. 


- New Beginnings, #0.5:
- In Too Deep, #1:
- Shadows Fall, A Novellete #1.5:
- Shadows of the Past, #2:
- Fated Love, Novella #2.5:
- Falling Into Place, #3:
- Breaking Free, #4:
- Mending Scars, #5:
- Labor of Love, #5.5:
- Light in Darkness, #6:
- Blissful Agony, #7:

- Entangled Darkness, #8:

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#1 Nights Embrace -
#2 Storm Mistress -
#3 Accepting Fate -
Novella - Red Queen -
#3.5 Seductive Solutions -
#4 Changing Destiny -
#5 Coming Together -

- Others of Edenton BOXSET #1 
Includes: New Beginnings, In Too Deep, Shadows Fall, and Shadows of the Past:

- Others of Edenton BOXSET #2 
Includes: Fate Love, Falling Into Place, Breaking Free, Mending Scars, and Labor of Love:

Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her two main series are Others of Edenton and Others of Seattle. She has also written a couple contemporary stories. An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. Her secret lair, guarded by a pint-sized pound puppy who imagines himself a hellhound, contains a file full of manuscripts she plans to edit and put out with new creations she is constantly dreaming up. Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects. 

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ROOMHATE by Penelope Ward
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right? 

Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.

When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.

The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.

The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.

I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.

The worst part? He didn’t come alone.

I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection. 

The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.

Author's note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


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His eyes darted to the side, and he noticed me standing there. We just stared at each other. It was ironic, but the only times I could ever feel the remnants of our old connection were in fleeting moments of silent eye contact. Sometimes moments of silence spoke the loudest.
I left him alone again, making my way back down the hall and into the restaurant to tend to the customers I’d been ignoring.
Things really started to get busy. Without Jade working tonight, we were short-staffed, and I was having a hard time keeping up with the orders. Sandy’s had indoor and outdoor seating. Normally, I would only be working one section, but tonight I was going back and forth between the two.
It was nice out, so I knew they would have Justin performing outside. I kept glancing over to the small stage to see if he was there. It was past eight, and he hadn’t made an appearance yet.
Sometime close to eight-thirty, I was in the middle of serving a large party of ten when I first heard it: the chilling sound of a soulful voice that was not familiar in the least. He gave no introduction. No warning. He just started to sing out the first few words, followed by the strum of his guitar. The song that Justin had chosen to start with was a cover of Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
The entire room soon quieted down, and all eyes were on the stunning blond male specimen with the spotlight shining down on him. Despite the fact that I was carrying a large round tray of dirty dishes, I couldn’t move. The vibration of his thick, smoky singing voice had completely paralyzed me, penetrating my body and soul.

Aside from the lone teardrop that fell the night he lost it on me during steak dinner, I hadn’t shed any more tears—until now. It was all too much. Hearing how different his voice sounded, how he’d trained it over the years, was a wake-up call as to how much I had missed. All of the hours of practice that must have gone into honing that beautiful voice, and I wasn’t there for any of it. The guilt, the emotions, the reality of a decade gone…everything started to pummel me at once. Not to mention the song—about a girl leaving. It probably had nothing to do with me, but in my mind, it sure as hell felt like it did.

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 

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